On Oct. 11, 2015 at 2 p.m., the Rock the Indigenous Vote and Round Dance Rally was held at Vancouver’s International Village. The event was led by indigenous women who are a new generation of activists.
We wanted to be in a place that was visible. We wanted lots of people going by and where our drumming and singing would echo from building to building.
As first born, I have been in a matriarchal role from the beginning. The community chose me at the height of Idle No More. It’s been an amazing journey towards women in leadership.
What I found when I picked up the drum was the healing that I had needed my whole life. It’s my friend, my confidant, my medicine.
Voting is one little step we can make to create change. Sixty years ago we would have been arrested for this.
I want to say it feels good, but it kind of sucks that I have to do this. Every time I go somewhere to speak it’s emotionally draining for me, but I hope that in telling my family’s story I can help other women.
We’ve started to speak out and stand up for ourselves. If we start to take care of our women and take care of Mother Earth then things will start to change. I have hope. Hope is all I’ve got.